Panhandle Disaster Aid

Panhandle Disaster Aid

Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the continental United States in decades, slammed into Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, then brought heavy rain and winds to Georgia and the Carolinas. Follow our live updates here and see photos from the ground.

The storm intensified so rapidly that it took millions of residents by surprise and left more than a dozen people dead. It was downgraded to a tropical storm at midnight on Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to provide financial support to those affected by Hurricane Michael. Charity Navigator, which provides ratings of charities, has compiled a list of organizations delivering aid, including the American Red Cross, World Hope International and Matthew 25: Ministries.


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Hurricane Matthew Results

Hurricane Matthew Results

Luckily the residents of Central and South Florida we were spared from deadly results of last week’s hurricane. But our neighbors to the south and north didn’t fare as well.

USA Today released the following numbers on the impact of Hurricane Matthew:

Hurricane Matthew unleashed torrential rains and howling winds as it roared up the Southeast coast last week after a ferocious battering of the Caribbean that left hundreds dead in Haiti. In the US, the death toll from the storm is 18, according to the Associated Press.

Matthew was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Stan in 2005, which killed more than 1,600 in Central America and Mexico.

With damage of at least $6 billion in the U.S., it’s the costliest hurricane since Sandy in 2012.

Matthew was the longest-lived Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the eastern Caribbean on record.

Matthew was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Haiti since Cleo in 1964. It marked the first time on record that a major hurricane has made landfall in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.

Matthew was the first hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina since Gaston in 2004.

Overall, Matthew dumped 13.6 trillion gallons of water on the U.S., enough to fill the Rose Bowl 163,000 times.

Sources: Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University; CoreLogic; Ryan Maue, WeatherBell; National Weather Service;

Lumber River at Lumberton: This gauge hit 24.39 feet on Sunday, exceeding the previous record crest by nearly four feet.
Lower Little River at Manchester: Flooding from Matthew topped the old record set Sept. 19, 1945, by more than two feet.
Tar River in Rocky Mount: As of Monday, this gauge exceeded the old record crest by roughly two-and-a-half feet.
Hurricane Matthew may top Hurricane Floyd as North Carolina’s worst natural disaster.

Storm Season Preparation

Storm Season Preparation

Florida is no stranger to storm season. Most residents have been through a storm or 2. Personally, my family ensued much destruction from Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992. It was the first named storm of that season and we never expected the damage it caused. Being a native Floridian, I knew it was just a matter of time before I saw a huge storm come through but nothing can prepare you for when devastation hits your neighborhood. The roof blew off our home and we had to run through the storm to seek shelter in a neighbor’s home. We rebuilt and survived that one thanks to a community coming together, intense news coverage and my water extraction machines!

Knowledge and preparedness can make the difference in the outcome of the storm on your home, business and family. Here’s some information from the NOAA.

What can I do to make my home/business more disaster resistant?

By Neal Dorst (Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration).

If you do not have shutters for windows and other openings in your building or reinforcement for larger doors and garage doors, then you should get some that comply with the standards in your area. If you have skylights or similar openings that are inaccessible or impossible to shutter then try replacing their coverings with shatter-resistant glass or film. Protecting the vulnerable spots in your building’s cladding is the first line of defense you have in protecting your property.

Replace any missing tiles or shingles on your roof. There are some products on the market which increase roof integrity by applying a film that holds the tiles or shingles together. Replace any broken windows or doors since these are more vulnerable to giving way under stress. Obviously, repair or replace damaged storm shutters since they too are more likely to fail.

If you have not had your property evaluated for compliance with current building code standards you may want to hire a company that specializes in this. They will be able to tell if your roof has proper hurricane ties on the joists, that the walls are secured to the foundation, and if your shutters are sufficient to protect your windows and doors. Correct any deficiencies they discover.

You might want to consider landscaping which minimizes debris or branches impacting your building. You may want to remove large trees near your home that might be brought down on it in high winds. Also choose plants that don’t break easily in the wind, creating wind-borne hazards for you and your neighbors.


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